Tis the season for twinkling lights, gifts and lots of eggnog!
Now if you're like me, as much as I LOVE Christmas and this time of year, the holiday itself always sneaks up on me! People always make fun of me because I listen to Christmas music the second Halloween is over, and back in early November you think you have tons of time. Then BAM, it's the week before Christmas and you're completely unprepared. So if you're hosting Christmas this year, or even just the annual party, here are some tips for those last minute items.
Music. Music is great because it can set the mood so effortlessly. I realize there are only so many Christmas and holiday related songs but what's great is that new artists are constantly re-recording them and making them their own. So either pop in a CD or 2 if you have them, or find a good holiday station on Pandora and let that play in the background. I personally love the Michael Buble (holiday) station because who doesn't love some Buble this time of year?!
Decorations. These can be really simple and easy or elaborate. The most important part of planning your Christmas party (even in the last second) is picking a theme. You can go traditional with red and green or red and gold, or you can go a little more modern with the bright colors off a white back drop, or opt for the "Winter Wonderland" theme and do all things light blue and white. Whatever theme tinkles your fancy, choose decorations that match. The easiest way to choose is to figure out what's already on your tree. Did you do classic red and gold? Pick up some red napkins and gold plastic silverware for the table (or rent real flatware - which is an amazing option!!). Place red and gold ornaments around the house to pull it all together.
Candles. Don't worry, there will be an entire post about candles because they are the life-saver of every event. But for your Christmas party make sure you pick up lots of candles. Candles of all shapes and sizes can be found in any local store and are typically inexpensive. I always opt for the plain white candles, so don't over think this one. Candles in vases or hurricanes can be placed anywhere around the house to add amazing ambiance. Clump 2 or 3 of different sizes together around the fireplace, the food table and on the mantle. Then line them down your guest table with votive candles sprinkled throughout and you're done! This will give your entire party a twinkle that fits in perfectly with all the Christmas lights outside. They also give off the feeling of warmth and coziness, which everyone loves to feel during this time of year. It leave a lasting impression on your guests.
Santa! St. Nick is always a bonus at any Christmas dinner or party. If there will be kids attending that'll be an automatic hit for them but adults always get a kick of him as well. I can't guarantee any of those adults will freak out like Will Ferrell in Elf but laughs and smiles always follow Santa. And this tip is easier to pull off than you think; Party City, Target and Walmart all have different variations of a Santa suit. You can find some that are crazy elaborate and authentic or something a little more chic - Hipster Santa anyone? Every group has that "class clown" that loves to make people laugh, get him the suit and have him walk around the party handing out candy canes. You can also go as far are sitting him in a chair and having people tell him what they want this year and take pictures.
There may only be a couple shopping days left until your big Christmas dinner or family get-together but it's not too late to WOW them! Head out to your local Target or Party City and find all those great last minute deals. A free station on Pandora, napkins, ornaments, simple candles and a Santa suit is all it takes to put together an unforgettable Christmas party.